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Students will…

First Steps gives children extra practice for a phonics scheme they’re using in school.

  • Practice for 31 letter-sound combinations:
    s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ck, e, u, r, h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss, j, qu, v, w, x, y, z, zz

  • Blending and segmenting practice with CVC words

  • The first 6 non-decodable (‘tricky”) words


or a Teach your Monster to Read App for Ipad or Android.

Dear parents,

Teach your Monster to Read is an award-winning series of games which helps children to master the key first stages of reading. It's been created by the Usborne Foundation, led by Peter Usborne (of Usborne Publishing).

We're using it at school and your child will benefit more from the game if they can play at home. It’s free to play on a PC and laptop, or you can download the Teach Your Monster to Read app from the app store on phones and tablets.

To play on the website, visit and start playing in seconds.

Students can sign into their school accounts using their username and password. If you do not know those credentials please email your classroom teachers or Mrs. Henderson at

Extra Resources for Students

PBS Kids Daily Newsletter

While there's always child-friendly content at PBS Kids, the organization is going the extra mile during school closures: It's creating a newsletter that'll give you ideas for learning activities at home. A new newsletter arrives every weekday.

Mystery Science

Mystery Science combed through its past lessons and pulled the ones that were easiest to reproduce at home. Activities range from five-minute mini-lessons (including one called "How Does Hand Sanitizer Kill Germs," which seems appropriate right now), to full, 45- to 90-minute classes with hands-on experiments.

This program engages kids in core subjects like early literacy, reading, writing, language, and math, while encouraging creativity and building social-emotional skills.

Khan Academy Kids was developed in collaboration with learning experts at Stanford and aligned with the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework and Common Core Standards.

Teaches: Number sense, basic arithmetic, and number lines

Kids will hardly realize they're learning about numbers while exploring the games and challenges in this playful app. Colorful creatures called "Nooms" represent the numbers from 1 to 10, and kids can solve puzzles by stacking them, slicing them (subtraction), and having them "eat" each other (addition).

Teaches: Ocean science, ecology, and animal and plant life

This gorgeously animated, realistic ocean-exploration app introduces key scientific ideas to kids in a fun, immersive way. Young users learn about the relationships among different coral reef species by exploring several undersea environments.


Outschool offers live, online classes for ages 3 to 13, and, for a limited time due to a big donation, it's signing up families affected by school closures into $300,000 worth of online classes (limit $200 per family). And if you're not one of the lucky ones, the lessons are still very affordable — some are as low as $5 per class.


When it's time for them to get up and move around, this always-free app has videos that kids can follow along with for a little dance break. They're also coming up with daily activities for parents to use at home.

Cosmic Kids Yoga

Similarly, the Cosmic Kids yoga videos are good for a few minutes peace and quiet so you can work — we mean, a nice stretch and mindfulness break in the middle of all the academic learning. The app requires a subscription, but you can watch the videos on YouTube.

America's Test Kitchen Kids is making all of its recipes, activities, and experiments free.

Nick Jr. Games

Games are designed to help develop your child's math and reading skills.

Parent Tips

Looking for ways to manage your kid's device use? Discover five easy screen-time tips.